The labour spokesman
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Title: The labour spokesman
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Year 54 NO. 47FRIDAY, APRIL 20TH, 2012 EC$2.00 At The Pumps This Weekend Maximum Price ULG per gal 23/11/11 DELTA $16.37 / SOL $14.11 / TEXACO $15.91BASSETERRE, ST. KITTS, W.I. COMMENTARY BY* THE THINKING CITIZEN VIEW POINT* REV.CANON PERCIVAL EARL CLARKE SOTTO VOCE PAGE 05 PAGE 12PM Douglas: The role of the magistrate is key to ongoing efforts to preserve and enhance humane, just and democratic societies PM Douglas: The role of the magistrate is key to ongoing efforts to preserve and enhance humane, just and democratic societies PM Douglas: The role of the magistrate is key to ongoing efforts to preserve and enhance humane, just and democratic societies BASSETERRE, ST. KITTS (CUOPM) – St. Kitts and Nevis’ with Social Services” and “The Magistrate as Family Psychologist.” “These sessions underscore the seriousness with which this conference takes social and psychological implications of the onerous responsibilities that the region’s magistrates have assumed, in an attempt to help build a more stable, more just, and more productive society,” the Prime Minister told the legal fraternity. He noted that the impact of the (Left to right) Her Ladyship Justice Louise Blenman; His Excellency the Governor General Dr. Sir Cuthbert Sebastian; Justice of Appeal Her Ladyship Justice Janice Pereira and St. Kitts and Nevis’ Prime Minister the Rt. Hon. Dr. Denzil L. Douglas and participants in a photo session. The St. Kitts – Nevis Prime Minister, the Rt Hon. Dr. Denzil Douglas was invited to deliver the welcome remarks by Chief Justice of the Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court, His Lordship Sir Hugh Rawlins. In his remarks Dr. Douglas singled out the sessions on “A Family Court Approach: Working (cont’d on page 9)Prime Minister the Rt. Hon. Dr. Denzil L. Douglas has underscored the seriousness of a three-day Magistrates Conference which opened here in Basseterre on Wednesday (April 25th). Taiwan Partners With Government To Shed New Light On Renewable Energy Basseterre, St. Kitts (SKNIS): The Government’s efforts at promoting renewable energy in the Federation on Tuesday of this week (April 24th) received a boost in a brief handing over ceremony held at the Embassy of the Republic of China. Minister of Public Utilities Dr. Hon. Earl Asim Martin was on hand to receive a cheque to fund a pilot project that would see the installation(cont’d on page 4) PM Douglas seeks debt forgiveness on loan from US Government for Dr. Kennedy Simmonds Highway BASSETERRE, ST. KITTS, APRIL 26TH 2012 (CUOPM) – St. Kitts and Nevis has begun discussions with officials in the United States Treasury Department pertaining to the remaining US$2 million debt for the construction of the Dr. Kennedy Simmonds (cont’d on page 19)


The Labour Spokesman FRIDAY, APRIL 27TH 2012 2 OPINION / LOCAL NEWS THE SPOKESMAN ESTABLISHED MAY 1957 Published by: The St. Kitts-Nevis Trades & Labour UnionMasses House, Church Street P.O Box 239 Basseterre St. Kitts West IndiesAg. Managing Editor: Dawud Byron Tel: (1 869) 465-2229 <> Fa: (1 869) 466-9866 Email: info@sknunion.com Website: www.labourspokesman.com Editorial East Basseterre Notice The EAST Basseterre Labour Branch will holdA General Meeting of the Branchon Wednesday, May 2nd, 2012 at the Constituency Office on Stainforth Street, New Town, starting at 8:00p.m. In attendance will be the Parliamentarian for EAST Basseterre, Dr. the Hon. Earl Asim Martin. All constituents of EAST Basseterre are invited to attend and be punctual. A word to the wise should be sufficient Under our constitution we have what is known as the right of free speech, otherwise called freedom of expression. This is one of the many rights for which peoples of all nations have fought long and hard, and for which many have made the supreme sacrifice. Indeed, two world wars have been fought for this very right, during the course of which millions of lives were lost and an unquantifiable amount of blood was shed. This right must therefore be considered as sacred. Most certainly it is one that is very dear to all persons. It is not to be trifled with, and has to be safeguarded at all times. However, along with rights go what are known as responsibilities, for the very simple reason that people have different interpretations of all matters and individuals cannot be allowed to ever believe that their understanding of their rights allows them to trespass on the rights of others. As we go about our daily activities we have the right to swing our arms ‘freely’, but if that meant that we could ‘freely’ swing them into the faces and bodies of others what type of society would we have? It is for such reasons that we have laws, rules and regulations. And these extend to the exercise of free speech. We simply cannot go about defaming, slandering and libelling people as we like. Were that the case the question must again be asked: what type of society would we have? For some weeks now this paper has been calling our citizens’ attention to the highly irresponsible calls for and incitement to violence loudly and brazenly shouted from the platform of The Peoples Action Movement (PAM), repeated time after time, and by several of its well known supporters and activists calling in to radio talk shows, day after day after day. We have asked you to observe, record and remain vigilant. We wish to bring to your attention another dimension of all of this. Given the nature of the Prime Minister’s office and of the manifold responsibilities which it carries there are those who will argue that it is every citizen’s right to criticize him if they find it necessary to do so. We agree. But we feel ourselves compelled to ask the question: does this include fabrications and unfounded, unsubstantiated statements? For months on end callers and writers of e-mails to the daily talk show of a certain radio station have openly indulged in attacking the Prime Minister of this country by making utterances which are clearly designed to malign and place him in the worst possible light in the eyes of the people of this country, the region and the world. What we have also observed is that the callers and writers of e-mails are always the same persons. Their attacks are always lined up in the same manner, and the ‘criticisms’ always follow a certain pattern. They are known supporters and activists of PAM. This simply cannot be any co-incidence. In a previous editorial we also pointed out the practice of a certain host of the show to allow callers to say what ever they wish, no matter how outlandish and illegal, and then, under the guise of being ‘democratic’ and having respect for ‘freedom of speech’, to state that the station does not necessarily agree with the callers statements but that as a free country the callers cannot be stopped from saying what they wanted. Of course, in each case, the damage had already been done. The caller is wrong about that which he says, and perhaps the time has come to make the station act responsibly about all of this by taking legal action against the station whenever it steps out of line and breaks the law relating to slander and defamation of one’s character. We are of the view that the whole show is designed to advance the nefarious political agenda of PAM and the Rescue Crew who, unable to objectively criticize Labour and its programmes for the development of this country, are resorting to that which they do best, misrepresenting what they cannot afford to speak truthfully about. In other words they are being themselves. Put another way, they are running true to form. It is also to be noted that the duration of that particular show has now been lengthened by 30 minutes (a half of an hour). There is also the case of the station allowing a certain individual, night after night, to spend endless hours doing nothing more than attacking Dr Douglas in a most personal and vicious manner, again by making statements that are without fact or foundation, but which are clearly designed to defame the Prime Minister. Much of it is also for personal reasons. The owners of the station need to understand that, just as it is with other media (the print media), they cannot expect to sit back and allow these acts of defamation and slander to be carried on endlessly. They are accountable and, if they do not shoulder their responsibilities, they will have to be called to account. We also feel that the Prime Minister would be well within his rights to seek legal redress. A word to the wise should be sufficient. PM Douglas says that he has accepted the nomination of his Labour Party Branch to continue as National Political Leader BASSETERRE, ST. KITTS (CUOPM) – St. Kitts and Nevis’ Prime Minister the Rt. Hon. Dr. Denzil L. Douglas disclosed Wednesday that he has accepted the nomination of his St. Christopher 6 Labour Party Branch to continue to served as National Political Leader of the governing St. Kitts-Nevis Labour Party (SKNLP). “Of course, I will run for the leadership of the Party at the upcoming (80th Annual) Conference in May,” said Prime Minister Douglas responding to a question from WINNFM’s Clive Bacchus at his monthly Press Conference. “My Party goes into Conference on the third Sunday of May. At the moment members of my constituency (St. Christopher 6 Labour Branch) have nominated me again to be the leader of this great Party,” said Dr. Douglas, adding: “In the Conference and unless otherwise I am told, I shall be standing for the leadership of the Party.” “In standing for the leadership of the Party, of course it is part of the preparation for the next election. As to whether I would be there, it’s only the people of my Party can tell. I await their judgement,” said Prime Minister Douglas, the second longest serving National Political Leader of the 80-year-old St. Kitts-Nevis Labour Party. Elected as the Parliamentary Represeentative for St. Christopher 6 in March 1989, Dr. Douglas was elected in May that same as year as National Political Leader of the St. Kitts-Nevis Photo: St. Kitts and Nevis’ Prime Minister the Hon. Dr. Denzil L. Douglas at Wednesday’s Press Conference (Photo by Erasmus Williams) Labour Party following the retirement from active politics of Sir Lee Llewellyn Moore. Dr. Douglas rejuvenated the Labour Party and took it a sweeping victory over the governing People’s Action Movement (PAM) of then Prime Minister the Right Hon. Sir Kennedy A. Simmonds in July 1995. A six-term parliamentarian who has been re-elected unopposed as Labour Party Political Leader at every annual conference since 1989, Prime Minister Douglas has led the St. Kitts-Nevis Labour Party to victory in four consecutive General Elections – 1995, 2000, 2004 and 2010. Dr. Douglas, who was appointed as one of Her Majesty’s Privy Councilors last year, is the longest serving Head of Government in the Caribbean. Machel Montano to headline opening night of this year’s ‘Sweet 16 Music Festival By Charles Miller JrEarlier this week, another announcement regarding performing artistes for this year’s annual Music Festival were made. International Soca artiste, Machel Montano of Trinidad will be performing on the opening night of the highly anticipated festival, Thursday, June 28th. It announced via Facebook that the international Soca artiste Montano and Team HD will be joining the line-up of the Festival, which is dubbed “Sweet 16”, celebrating its consecutive 16 year run. Machel, who has recently won (cont’d on page 3)


The Labour Spokesman FRIDAY, APRIL 27TH 2012 3 NEWS SKELEC: Island Wide Black Out Scheduled For Sunday Basseterre, St. Kitts — The St. Kitts Electricity Company Limited (SKELEC) has scheduled an island wide black out in order conduct inspection of its distribution system. SKELEC’s Public Relations Officer Gawain Fraites said, “the island wide black out is scheduled for Sunday, April 29th, commencing at 4:00am and ending at 2:00pm. Our distribution system is connected to bus bars and these will be inspected and if repairs are necessary, they will be carried out. This exercise will assist us to provide even more reliable service to our customers.” Fraites further stated, “it is important for us to share this information with our customers in advance, especially our stakeholder partners: the Police, Hotels, Restaurants, and Ports Authority so that they can better prepare for the ten-hour black out. We at SKELEC appreciate that our customers operating in these major industries will need time to make the necessary arrangements for smooth operation of their standby systems including making arrangements for sufficient fuel to operate them for the ten-hour period.” The St. Kitts Electricity Company Limited regrets any inconvenience, which these interruptions in electricity supply may cause. It is important for all consumers to note that not-withstanding this notice supply may be restored at any time without prior warning. Black San’s Bang a Lang concludes with Last Lap and Parade By Drizel HanleyIt was an explosion of color, music, revelry, and creativity as the curtains came down in grand style with pulsating rhythms from the Kollision and Lightz Out bands at the Black San’ Bang a Lang Last Lap and Parade on Saturday, April, 21. The streets saw the Deep West Phunn Makers ‘Hypnotica Blue Coral’; the Banker & Bucksey’s ‘Estates of Sandy Point’ & ‘Easter Bunnies’ (kids) and the Young Mass Revelers ‘Broadway’ troupes parading through the streets of Sandy Point. Several folklore groups including the Bull, Masquerades, Mummies, Mocko-Jumbies and Clowns were parading the streets of Sandy Point. After a hours of impressive folklore troupes, spectacular costumes and pulsating music the revelers made their way to the G Spot Night Club in Sandy Point for the Black San’s wind down-Last lap Fete. The fete saw a number of local artistes and Deejays including Chester B, DC of Lock off Records, Mainy, Hot Rod, Mixclusive Sounds, DJ Six-a-Clack and DJ Woodis, Ecstasy Sounds out of Nevis, DJ Shaggy and the Kollision Band. “On behalf of the entire Sandy Point community, S.P.I.R.I.T extends sincere thanks to our 2012 BLACK SAN’ Sponsors, partners, donors, participants and patrons,” said Che-Raina Warner, Public Relations Officer for S.P.I.R.I.T. “No duty is more urgent than that of returning thanks. Gratitude is when memory is stored in the heart and not in the mind, we thank you for your continued support and also take this opportunity to re-invite everyone to Black San’ Bang a Lang 2013,” she added. Ministry of Culture mourns deaths of cultural icons BASSETERRE, ST. KITTS (CUOPM) – The Ministry of Culture and the Department of Culture are mourning the loss of two of the Federation’s cultural icons. Culture Minister, the Hon. Marcella Liburd joins calypso fans in St. Kitts and Nevis mourning the loss of two popular calypsonians and expresses condolences to the family of the late Andrea “Singing Angie” Walters and Alfred “King of the 29 Fellows” Doyling. “Singing Angie, one of the long standing female calypsonians has the distinction of being the first female to win the ‘Best of the Rest Calypso Competition’ and the Green Valley Calypso King Competition. A regular participant in the Legends Tent, she provided back up vocal accompaniment to many other calypsonians,” the Ministry said in a news release Wednesday. A late comer to the Calypso arena, “King of the 29 Fellows” while in his 70’s was able to win over the hearts of calypso fans through his unique style of presentation, on stage performance and musical lyrics which always told a story about his life and love of women. “King of the 29 Fellows was well respected by his younger calypso compatriots and at the height of his career earned the reputation of always being the star of the calypso tent,” the Ministry said. The mother of three “Singing Angie” hails from the community of Lodge Village, St. Kitts. She passed away on Wednesday of this week, April 23rd, at the age of 41. King of the 29 Fellows hails from the community of Conaree and is the father and grandfather of several children. He died on Tuesday of this week at the age of 95 years. He last appeared on stage during the staging of the 2010/2011 calypso finals at Warner Park when he was recognized and received an award doe his legendary and outstanding contributions to the calypso art form. The Labour Spokesman joins in extending its sincere condolences to the bereaved family members of these calypso icons. both segments – Groovy and Power – of this year’s International Soca Monarch competition as well as Road March in his hometown of Trinidad and Tobago during their Carnival season earlier this year is expected to give the audience a high energy show, one which he is known and respected Octane, Dancehall artiste Popcaan, Soca band Krosfyhah, English Jazz musician Chris Pine, and R&B artiste Omarion and the iconic Roberta Flack. The 3 – day musical extravaganza ends on Saturday, June 30th, 2012. for across the globe. The Music Festival Facebook page on Wednesday night (April 25th), held a casting call for all female models at local night spot Cloud9 located in Port Zante for their “Fantastic Four” girls. The model search which started around 7:00 pm saw many recognizable faces auditioning for a position in the Music Festival project. The line – up of international artiste for this year’s festival includes Morgan Heritage, IMachel Montano...... (cont’d from last page)


The Labour Spokesman FRIDAY, APRIL 27TH 2012 4 NEWS TRADE UNION NEWS By: Batumba Tak General Secretary of 100 LED Smart Lights along the Kim Collins Highway and a portion of the Frigate Bay Road. In giving brief remarks, Head of Taiwanese Mission in St. Kitts and Nevis His Excellency Ambassador Miguel Tsao said as no country can stay away from the tide of the world’s development, Taiwan is happy to share the competitive edge in the development of renewable energy. “According to preliminary studies from specialists in renewable energy” said Ambassador Tsao, “this kind of light can produce 70% savings of energy and last quite a long time. All the street lights are computerized and each light can be intensified according to the need of the respective area and time.” The Ambassador also added that although relatively small, there is great benefit to be derived from this pilot project as it is a stepping stone to protecting the environment and leaving a better Federation for our children. The move supports Government’s energy policy of achieving 60% energy generation from green energy sources. Minister Asim Martin, in accepting the cheque, expressed his thanks to the Ambassador and people of the Republic of China for their understanding in working with the Government of St. Kitts and Nevis to implement the Government’s overall policy on renewable energy. “We expect that this project will start very shortly, the completion date we expect to be some time in maybe mid to the end of August” said Minister Martin, “so we are looking at between May and August having the Kim Collins highway right up to the Sugars building being lit with LED street lights.” Minister Martin also said that he has been assured that once this pilot project is successful, similar projects will be implemented in other areas around the country. Taiwan Partners With.. (cont’d from page 1) Know Your Rights At The Workplace. The St. Kitts/Nevis Trades & Labour Union’s history of tomorrow is being written today as we continue to carry on its 72 plus years tradition of fighting for social, economic and industrial justice for its members, and by extension all working people. In the 30’s part of the struggle was to win the right of workers to organize a Union without interference or intimidation from their employers. Our forebears also fought to achieve income security for our old age, because they fully believe and understand that the Union was the only force capable of looking after best interest of the ordinary common working people. We continue the fight for the right to organize and defend our members’ rights at the workplace, because as long as there are people who work, there will be Unions, and the St. Kitts/Nevis Trades & Labour Union will continue to be a Union that fights for the interest of its members and by extension all workers. In the words of Mr. A. Phillip Randolph, “Freedom is never granted; it is won. Justice is never given; it is exacted.”Know Your Rights At The Workplace.Working people have certain basic rights at the workplace, such as the right to minimum wage, safe working conditions and to be free from discrimination and intimidation. But these rights have so many exceptions and loopholes that the majority of the ordinary common workers are left unprotected. Some persons claim that some of these rights are limited because of the size of the workforce, the length of service of the worker or they come up with many other conditions as to why the majority of the ordinary common working people are left unprotected and denied their basic rights at the workplace. But they forget that we have laws to protect the ordinary working people at their workplace and all the have to do is know his/her rights at his /her workplace. Health and Safety at the workplace. According to the International Labour Organization (ILO) Convention and Recommendation every workers have the right to a safe workplace and every employer are required to provide a safe workplace free of recognized health and safety hazards. You have the right to file complaints at the Department of Labour of Health Department, to bring job safety hazards to your employer’s attention without retaliation and to get information from your employer about hazardous workplace exposures. Overtime. Many ordinary common working people keep complaining that they don’t quite understand how they are being paid overtime when they are asked to work overtime, so they prefer not to work overtime. Employers are required by law to pay overtime at the rate of one-anda-half time the normal rate of pay if any worker works more than eight (8) hours per day or over forty (40) hours in any week. However, mony workers, such as managers, professionals, sales persons and certain other catagories, overtime are built into their salaries, so even if they don’t work overtime they still receive it. Equal Pay is another concern to many ordinary workers who perform equal task, but receive different pay. Some employers may refuse to pay equal wages to men/women who perform jobs that require substsntially equal skill, effort and responsibility, and that are performed under similar working conditions within the same company. When you join and become a member of the St. Kitts/Nevis Trades & Labour Union and help to organize your fellow co-workers into the Union equal pay is one of the issues that the Union will protect and make sure that you receive equal pay for equal work. Some of the other workplace issues that the Union will help to protect and promote is a workplace without discrimination and intimidation, a workplace without sexual harassment, collective bargaining rights and many other workplace issues. The St. Kitts/Nevis Trades & Labour Union is sending out a strong signal to all workers to come and join us and help to shape the future for you, your co-workers and your family by joining an organization with a rich history and a solid foundation. As I take my leave today, I leave you with a Union song by John Warner and composed by John Hughes. This song could be sing to the tune of “Bread of Heaven”, or “Guide me oh thou Great Johovah/Redeemer.”Join Your Union.By John Warner.Chorus:Join your Union, join your Union, Friends, we need our Unions now, Friends, we need our Unions now. Thieves growrich and liars prosper, Milking profit’s sacred cow, They make war to make their money, How we need our Unions now. One man’s pay for three men’s labour, Bosses’ powers enshrined in law, When our rights are torn and trampled, How we need our Union’s now. Women’s rights and women’s wages, Fiercely fought and barely won, Children’s care and education, Go where all our hopes have gone. Shake the souls of Union leaders, Shout the message clear and plain, Leave the desk, desert the boardroom, Fight the workers’ cause again. Quiet words did not avail us, Patience only earned defeat, Unity’s our only answer, Join your Unions on the street. Stand with us and swell the numbers, We are the majority, Sing in chorus, raise the banners, Union in Victory. ECCU Accounting Professionals Receive Additional Training in International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRSs)Accounting professionals from the Eastern Caribbean Currency Union (ECCU) member countries will participate in the second Train the Trainers Workshop on the International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRSs), at the ECCB Headquarters in St Kitts and Nevis from 30 April to 4 May. The IFRSs are a set of accounting standards developed by the International Accounting Standards Board (IASB), which are being adopted globally for the preparation of public company financial statements. The objective of the workshop is to develop the capacity of regional financial reporting trainers to provide training in the use of the IFRSs. The areas to be covered during the five-day workshop include: the main principles of each IFRS and the main applicable estimates and judgements; accounting for insurance contracts and financial instruments; and reporting financial performance in accordance with the IFRSs. Mr Michael Wells and Mr Andrew Hyland of the IFRS Foundation, and Mr Darrel Scott, Member of the International Accounting Standards Board, will conduct the sessions. The workshop, which is a partnership among the Institute of Chartered Accountants of the Eastern Caribbean (ICAEC), the IFRS Foundation and the Eastern Caribbean Central Bank (ECCB), is part of a World Bank sponsored project. The first of such workshops was conducted during the period 16 – 20 May 2011.


The Labour Spokesman FRIDAY, APRIL 27TH 2012 5 NEWS The Thinking Citizen A recent edition of the Democrat newspaper carried an article entitled “Donley Saunders Victim of a Justice System”. The article attempts to cast aspersions on our justice system (the High Court Judge and Jurors) and also on our highly regarded Prime Minister. How often must one remind PAM of its nasty habit of falsely accusing innocent people of the wrong-doings that the PAM party itself had been doing? The late E. St. John Payne applied for the position of Housing Officer at Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine, West Farm, sometime in the early 1990s. His application was successful and he was appointed to the position by Dr. Robert Ross, the owner and founder of the university. One Sunday night St. John Payne spoke at a political meeting in Basseterre, held by the Labour Party. It is alleged that a certain highranking member of PAM called Dr. Ross’ office in New York and reported that St. John Payne was attacking PAM at a political meeting in New Town and therefore St. John should not be working at Ross University. Early next day, Monday morning, St. John Payne received a faxed message from the New York office of Ross University terminating his appointment with the University. All that St. John Payne had done was speak at a Labour Party meeting in New Town. Several years before this event, and after he had lost his seat in the 1984 General Elections, St. John Payne applied for a position with the Chamber of Industry and Commerce. He was successful and was told to report for work on a certain day. On the day in question when St. John Payne reported for work he was told that a mistake had been made and as a result he could not get the job. Now what had St. John done? His only sin was that he had been a Minister in the Labour Government and as such, he had to be punished and his pension, as a former Parliamentarian delayed, unduly. I don’t understand the point of the Donley Saunders’ story in the Democrat. It seems to me that neither Dr. Robert Ross nor Dr. Denzil Douglas had anything to do with Donley Saunders’ case in the High Court. And neither the High Court Judge nor the jurors in the case have PAM seeks to retry Donley Saunders in the Democrat and cast aspersions on the Courts. anything to do with Donley Saunders’ employment at Ross University International School of Nursing. The story that Dr. Douglas paid a visit to Dr. Ross at his New York Office to report on Donley Saunders is hard to believe for two reasons. In the first case, Dr. Ross was in the habit of paying regular visits to St. Kitts every year. Dr. Douglas did not have to go to New York to meet with Dr. Ross. In the second case, if Dr. Douglas wanted Donley Saunders out of his job at the School of Nursing, Dr. Douglas would have tried to get him out within the first couple of weeks or so. Not wait until some matter arose between Donley and his business partner a long time after the start of Donley’s employment at the School of Nursing. The writer of the article in the Democrat is simply attempting to big-up Donley and pull-down Dr. Douglas, but the writer has failed in his attempt. People in Basseterre have tracked Donley’s career throughout its various stages. No one can fool us on that. We also know that Dr. Douglas had nothing to do with the mess that the Democrat is trying to drag him in. Leave Dr. Douglas out please. The article in question is a retrial of Donley’s case in the press and a comic effort to manipulate information so as to prove that Donley was unfairly and unjustly dealt with in the High court. Here is something that the writer said:“The charge (against Donley) was fraudulent conversion, a technical and complicated legal jargon that the twelve jurors, ordinary working people in all probability never understood”. “Fraudulent Conversion” occurs when a person makes wrongful use of another’s property. There is nothing technical or complicated about that. Any Primary School boy or girl is capable of understanding that. It is an insult to the intelligence of the regular readers of the Democrat to tell them that the jurors sitting on Donley’s case did not know what “Fraudulent Conversion” is. The Democrat does not have to re-try Donley’s case within its pages. The Democrat should advise Donley to take his matter to the Appeal Court. The only way to prove that Dr. Douglas acted wrongly, that the Police acted wrongly, that the Judge acted wrongly and the Jurors acted wrongly in Donley’s case, is to take the matter to the Appeal Court. It is ludicrous, ridiculous and preposterous to see how far the Democrat has taken a plain and simple matter in order to prove that a person, who is accused of a crime FRAUDULENT CONVERSION, has been found guilty wrongfully. If the Democrat really believes that the High Court has erred, and that Donley Saunders is not guilty, then the Democrat should urge Donley Saunders to take the matter to the Appeal Court. The Democrat is not stupid. The Democrat knows full well that Donley Saunders received a proper and fair trial. In spite of that, however, the Democrat is prepared to damage the reputation of other people in order to prove in the press that Donley Saunders is innocent. Let Donley prove his innocence to the public, not in the Democrat, but in the Appeal Court. STEP programme for marginalised and atrisk youth successful to date BASSETERRE, ST. KITTS, APRIL 24TH 2012 (CUOPM) A comprehensive update on the progress of the Skills Training and Entrepreneurial Programme (STEP), designed to deliver agricultural and entrepreneurial skills to marginalised and at-risk youth in St. Kitts was presented to Cabinet on Monday. The STEP programme is being jointly coordinated by the Ministry of Social Development, the Ministry of Education and the STEP Foundation. More particularly, the STEP Foundation is comprised of a number of leaders from the private and public sectors, with varying skills and levels of involvement in business, education and training, and agriculture. Minister of Social Development, the Hon. Marcella Liburd was immensely pleased with the success of the programme to date and took tremendous pride in the development and the advancement of the young persons involved in the programme. “The Minister (Liburd) revealed that over 15 shade houses equipped with technology for hydroponic agriculture had been built and that the trainees were displaying high levels of mastery of the technology. Moreover, Cabinet was pleased that the first crop of lettuce produced under the project was recently harvested and successfully marketed,” said Minister of Information, Sen. the Hon. Nigel Carty. He said Minister Liburd emphasised that the STEP Photo: Hon. Marcella Liburd, Minister of Social Development (Photo by Erasmus Williams) programme was designed to be a tool to help change risky behaviour into productive behaviour, and that such a programme needed critical day-today oversight and supervision. He said that Minister Liburd informed Cabinet that Mr. Leroy Greene, former Agricultural Science Teacher and former Director of Sports, had been selected from among a number of interested candidates to supervise the project whilst receiving ongoing programmatic support from the Ministry of Social Development and Gender Affairs, the National Skills Training Programme (NSTP) in the Ministry of Education, and the Ministry of Police and Defence Force.


The Labour Spokesman FRIDAY, APRIL 27TH 2012 6 NEWS NEDD hosts Community Business Meeting By Drizel Hanleymeeting, representing various fields including tourism, agriculture, food and beverage, health and wellness, and IT services. Some attendees encouraged other persons in similar fields to work collaboratively and consider forming a cooperative. “Several of those persons have since visited the NEDD offices to get more insights as to how A series of community business meetings, hosted by the National Entrepreneurial Development Division (NEDD) of the Ministry of International Trade, Industry, Commerce and Consumer Affairs, continued here in Old Road yesterday, Thursday, April 25, 2012. The community business meetings, according to Business Development Officer, Phillip Browne, increased its outreach to advance economic growth, diversification and competitiveness by fostering small business development. Topics discussed included presentations designed to aid potential and current entrepreneurs as they explore how to write a proper business plan, securing financing options for small businesses, details on government’s incentive programme, among other topics. Officials from First Caribbean International Bank joined representatives of the Development Bank of St. Kitts and Nevis in making the above presentations at the Community Business Meeting. Mr. Browne noted that the first meeting that was held, on Thursday February 16 at the Edgar T. Morris Primary School in Tabernacle was quite successful. “It was well attended and the discussions were lively,” he explained, noting that there was a good balance between males and females as well as those in business and those wishing to be,” he said. Twenty five (25) persons attended the February business they can move a step closer to making their dreams a reality,” the business development officer revealed. According to Mr. Philip Browne, the National Entrepreneurial Development Division is the lead executive support agency for domestic investment and homegrown small enterprises.. “This government entity (NEDD) is designed to assist micro, small, and medium-size business owners to develop their ideas, products, services, and business models,” noted Mr. Browne. “NEDD operates by providing extensive technical assistance aimed at modernising and strengthening businesses at the start-up, existing, and expansion stages,” he stressed. So Tell Me By Jean Thomas I still feel the same way I thought that I had overcome this problem – not necessarily my problem but other people “wasting my time problem”. I thought that I had built a fence around me, and that I would not get upset, and that I did not care, when I make an appointment and the other party just do not show up on time or at all. These days there all kinds of telephone and sometimes the other party would not even call to say (“sorry I am running late, and I will get there in ten minutes”). Nothing just silence. Them when the party does show up, I get upset the reaction is “What you going on with?” I do not like people wasting my time. I feel very strongly about it. You see, we do not have all the time in the world. We are living on the time God has allotted to us and to waste time is just terrible. I have a problem with some workmen. You have a small or large job to be done so, you agree with the workman, and set a time let us say for eight a.m. to get a job done, and it is not unusual that he will show up late sometimes hours late, and sometimes not at all! What annoys me is that they show no remorse in turning up late. It is for them ”cool to be late”. Another thing that upsets me is when some motorists will stop in front of you to talk to someone else in another vehicle going in the opposite direction. So tell me, what is wrong with pulling off to the side of the road and either of the driver gets out to talk to the other person, thus allowing the free flow of traffic? That too is wasting my time. The same way you have something to do with your time. I also have things I wish to accomplish in my time. So why are you wasting my time. I really thought that I had become a true Caribbean where it is said that we are always late and that we are working to Caribbean time. What nonsense. Time is time and I respect other people’s time. So let us respect each other’s time. From Where I Sit By xSpeaksI’m parked up outside a particular playing field waiting for my little brother to finish football practice and a heavy set young lady, aged about seventeen or eighteen (I would say) approaches my vehicle. She says, “Hi, what’s your name?” I give her what she asks for. I assume she’s just really friendly and I begin to even feel a little good, patting myself on the back thinking that I look approachable. Then she asks where I’m from – general questions. At the same time, I happen to have some cash visible. I notice her eyeing my cash but I say nothing. I was going to take it up but I didn’t want to make it obvious that I realized that she was counting my money from a distance. But then she asks if I “have anything to give her”. Oh! That’s what this was all about. I tell her the money isn’t mine. She questions what I say, figuring that I’m being dishonest. Then I move to take up my paper cash and expose some silver coins. I realize the only way I’m going to get out of this situation without running over her foot or being beaten to the ground by a two hundred and fifty pound woman is if I give her something. So, of course, I give her about two dollars and fifty cents. She takes the money, looks it up and down, counts it in her head, begins to assume a disgusted upturn in the right corner of her mouth and asks calmly, “You really only goin’ give me bus money?” The audacity of some beggars! This woman that I don’t know from Adam; have never seen in my twenty years of life is cursing me about how much of MY money I chose to give her solely out of the goodness of my heart. MY money. Not hers. Some time in her looking or in her counting, something magical must have happened or been exchanged between us, and suddenly she felt as if we were now joined by marriage and so what was mine, became hers. MY money. Now let’s dissect this beggar. Let’s venture to the mind of this very intelligent panhandler. First she looks from a distance, observing her victim. She then decides if it’s worth it, I suppose, and proceeds. She begins with petty talk – all working up to the kill – making victims comfortable and attempting to gain trust. When she’s satisfied, she finds a way to ask the big question. She even goes as far as to bargain with the moneyowner if charity given isn’t up to her standard. Imagine – this lady is (cont’d on next page)


The Labour Spokesman FRIDAY, APRIL 27TH 2012 7 NEWS -.....Where I Sit quarreling about how much of MY money I decided to give her. I work all week for pay, and whatever little is left after bills, children, food etc. is all I have in my name. This woman – who probably earns her living from other people’s earnings – begs from me and relies only on the hope that her assumption of my kindness is correct, but then quarrels when my giving doesn’t meet her standards of receiving. And eyes my money with contempt! I have absolutely no problem giving to the less fortunate. I don’t mind donating clothes or what little I have to a cause. But now, beggars are at the up side of the contract and they decide how much or what for. Hmm. Well, I guess beggars can be choosers.(cont’d from last page) Light at the end of the tunnel for nearly 4,000 BAICO policy holders in St. Kitts and Nevis. Company (BAICO) in recent years. “The Rt. Hon. Prime Minister pointed out that the ECCU governments through the Monetary Council of the ECCB approved in early 2011 the use of US$30 million from the Liquidity Support Fund to recapitalise and prepare the sale of BAICO’s traditional insurance business,” said Minister Carty. He recalled that the Liquidity Support Fund is derived from the CARICOM Petroleum Fund that was established by Trinidad and Tobago in 2004 to provide relief to CARICOM Member States which were experiencing economic hardship resulting from persistently high international prices for crude oil and petroleum products. “In assessing the kinds of insurance policies which were to be recapitalised and sold, traditional policies including whole life, endowments and term life policies were identified. However, Home Life Service, Ordinary Life and Universal Life policies have also been included,” said Minister Carty. He disclosed that the Federation’s Minister of Finance gave notice that a number of bidders who had demonstrated an interest in the purchase of the recapitalised portfolios of BAICO’s business were being engaged with a view to concluding the sale transaction during the course of the current year. “It was further reported that 18,700 policy-holders would benefit from this important step taken by the governments of the ECCU, with St. Kitts and Nevis having, 3,960 beneficiaries, the second largest number of beneficiaries in any one country in the ECCU,” said Mr. Carty. He said the Cabinet authorised Prime Minister Douglas, in his capacity as Minister of Finance to sign the required papers to effect the necessary transactions to help bring the extended ordeal of policy-holders in St. Kitts and Nevis to an end. Minister Carty said Cabinet members applauded the Rt. Hon. Prime Minister for his sterling leadership on this specific matter and recognised the efforts of other leaders throughout the ECCU. BASSETERRE, ST. KITTS (CUOPM) Some 4,000 policy holders of British-American Insurance Company (BAICO) are expected to benefit from the continuation of their policies following a US$30 million Liquidity Support Fund approved by the Eastern Caribbean Currency Union (ECCU) to capitalize and prepare the sale of BAICO’s traditional insurance business. St. Kitts and Nevis’ Minister of Information, Sen. the Hon. Nigel Carty in a Post Cabinet Briefing following Monday’s Cabinet Meeting said Prime Minister and Minister of Finance, the Rt. Hon. Dr. Denzil Douglas, updated the Cabinet on the efforts of the governments of the Eastern Caribbean Currency Union (ECCU) led by the Eastern Caribbean Central Bank (ECCB) to assist policy-holders who suffered immensely as a consequence of the collapse of the British American Insurance St. Kitts and Nevis and St. Maarten Prime Ministers talk at PJIA BASSETERRE, ST. KITTS (CUOPM) – St. Kitts and Nevis’ Prime Minister the Right Hon. Dr. Denzil L. Douglas and his Dutch St. Maarten counterpart, the Hon. Sarah Wescott-Williams on Friday last (April 13th) discussed a number of issues affecting the economies of both countries. During the meeting at the VIP Lounge of St. Maarten’s Princess Juliana International Airport the St. Kitts and Nevis leader updated that island’s first female Head of Government on the status of the International Monetary Fund-backed new home-grown economic programme, and the outcome of the debt restructuring exercise, within the framework of this new programme, and which was concluded just two days ago. Again the Creditors both external and domestic came in for high commendations from Prime Minister Douglas who highlighted that the enormous success in this exercise was due to the support from the staff of the Ministries of both the Federal Government and the Nevis Island Administration, led by the Financial Secretary, her Deputy and the Trustee; the Barbadosbased Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) and the St. Kitts-based Eastern Caribbean Stock Exchange (ECSE). Prime Ministers Douglas and Wescott-Williams looked at the growth prospects of both economies for the succeeding quarters of this fiscal year having the task of overcoming the prolonged economic crises and growing the economies this year and beyond. Both Prime Ministers highlighted the growth sectors that are being targeted and recognised the common approach towards diversifying the tourism product especially in the area of medical tourism, and exploring new destination markets in Latin America and the Middle East given the interest shown in the St. Kitts and Nevis Citizenship by Investment Programme from residents in the United Arab Emirates and other regional countries. Prime Ministers Douglas and Wescott-Williams who have developed an excellent working relationship over the years since they have been in office, also discussed the need to attract more foreign direct investment from non-traditional markets highlighting in particular Asian and Latin American, especially Brazilian markets. Make certain that you reach use our new Email address:info@sknunion.com St. Kitts and Nevis’ Prime Minister the Rt. Hon. Dr. Denzil L. Douglas(right) and Prime Minister of St. Maarten, the Hon. Sarah Wescott-Williams in talks at the Princess Juliana International Airport in St. Maarten on Friday morning.


The Labour Spokesman FRIDAY, APRIL 27TH 2012 8 NEWS St. Kitts and Nevis expects to go to Rio+20 UN Conference on Sustainable Development BASSETERRE, ST. KITTS (CUOPM) – St. Kitts and Nevis is expected to be represented at the upcoming Rio+20 United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development. Set for Rio de Janeiro on 20-22 June, the Conference on Sustainable Development hopes to “secure renewed political commitment for sustainable development, assess the progress to date and the remaining gaps in the implementation of the outcomes of the major summits on sustainable development, and address new and emerging challenges.” The Conference will focus on two themes: a green economy in the context of sustainable development and poverty eradication; and the institutional framework for sustainable development. Sustainable development has been the overarching goal of the international community since the 1992 United Nations Conference on Environment and Development in Rio de Janeiro. It emphasizes a holistic, equitable and far-sighted approach to decision-making at all levels and “rests on integration and a balanced consideration of social, economic and environmental goals and objectives in both public and private decision-making.” It also recognizes the special development challenges and concerns of small vulnerable developing states such as those in the Caribbean. The Rio Conference has the potential to be transforming for its member states, but that depends largely on the political commitment of both developed and developing countries. Regrettably, such commitment may waver in the face of global economic and geopolitical realities: Developed, rapidly developing and developing nations are now grappling with huge fiscal challenges and massive debt levels. Political elections in seven EU countries, including France with the second largest economy in Europe, will also usher in new political thinking that will definitely sway the dialogue on new avenues or envelopes of financing. Such dialogue may not necessarily be in favour of Small Island Developing States (SIDS) such as those which comprise CARICOM. Arriving at any consensus on new envelopes of financing will be a sticking point. It is against this background that the Special COTED on environment and sustainable development will have to shape its agenda for its Georgetown meeting on Friday. CARICOM ministers will need to establish and agree on clear regional priorities as well as a concrete approach on how they intend to engage their counterparts at the Rio+ 20 Conference. The issue of our approach to developing the green economy has to be at the top of the agenda. The concept of green economy focuses primarily on the nexus between the environment, the economy and the social realities facing the Caribbean region. The underlying challenge for CARICOM is to determine how its focus on a green economy, in the context of sustainable development and poverty eradication, can foster regional development and a better quality of life for its peoples. In this regard, the 39th COTED held recently discussed and adopted an approach to developing a green economy and be ready to articulate what it considers the minimum architecture for the green economy framework to guide us in the next decade. For it to do so however, all Member States have to be in the choir, singing from the same hymn sheet regarding a common understanding and approach to developing a green economy. This must be done before the Rio de Janeiro Conference where a cleaner definition will be established. In preparing for Rio+20, CARICOM Environment Ministers will also need to address the structural issues that impact its poverty alleviation and eradication efforts within the Caribbean Region. The Region needs appropriate financing mechanisms, policies, regulations and governance framework to be able to implement any sustainable development strategy that it develops. We also need to address the challenging issue of escalating energy and labour costs as well as the cost of raw materials. In the absence of new financing mechanisms, as part of the Rio strategy, the COTED may need to look at how it can re-shape existing funds disbursement and present a plan of action to the conference. Institutional reform of the global architecture for sustainable development is also a burning issue, as countries within the prevailing economic climate grapple to decide which or what form of intergovernmental system is best suited and equipped to take on sustainable development and to address the implementation deficit which has posed a challenge for CARICOM over the years. This deficit has become even more pronounced in light of the complex and defused issues surrounding sustainable development. The COTED will need to examine these carefully. The anticipated outcome from the 39th Special COTED therefore cannot be any “urging,” it must be a decision for a clear regional agenda for sustainable development. If we fail to set our own agenda, then someone else will do so through their own country development assistance programs. The region is only too familiar with the notion that “one size doesn’t fit all.” For this COTED therefore, it cannot be business as usual; it must spawn a foolproof strategy on how CARICOM is going to the Rio+20 to help shape the future we want for our children and their children. Brazilian official to sign off soon on Partial Scope Agreement St. Kitts and Nevis’ Prime Minister the Rt. Hon. Dr. Denzil L. Douglas (right) and Brazil’s Resident Ambassador His Excellency Miguel Magalhaes, (Photo by Erasmus Williams) BASSETERRE, ST. KITTS (CUOPM) – St. Kitts and Nevis has received good news from Brazil on its negotiations with that South American nation on the Partial Scope Agreement. St. Kitts and Nevis’ Prime Minister the Rt. Hon. Dr. Denzil L. Douglas has been personally informed by Brazil’s Resident Ambassador His Excellency Miguel Magalhaes that a Brazilian official will be arriving shortly in Basseterre to sign off the conclusion of negotiations of the long awaited Partial Scope Agreement between St. Kitts and Nevis and Brazil. “That will be a most historic day for the Kittitian and Nevisian manufacturing sector which will now have the scope to access the huge Brazilian market with our electronic products manufactured here in St. Kitts and Nevis,” said Prime Minister Douglas. He said St. Kitts and Nevis expects that an expansion in this enclave manufacturing sector, “will provide greater employment opportunities for our young men and women who have done so well over the years with their high quality products that have penetrated markets around the world and projected St. Kitts and Nevis as the largest exporter from the Eastern Caribbean to the United States.” Prime Minister Douglas said it will also lead to the diversification of the international exports strategy for St. Kitts and Nevis, enhance the country profile in international trade and provide greater profitability and financial security for manufacturing facilities operating in the Federation. “We must be grateful to the Government and the People of Brazil as this development provides the basis for the continued improvement and expansion of the CARICOM/ MERCUSOR relationship,” said Prime Minister Douglas.


The Labour Spokesman FRIDAY, APRIL 27TH 2012 9 NEWS Caribbean Church, the Caribbean family, the Caribbean school and the Caribbean way of life has become ever more diluted. “And this, among other reasons, helps to explain many of the vexing issues with which you have been grappling in recent years, and which, in an especially concentrated form, you will be grappling throughout this entire conference. For example, the social causes of sexual offences, the cultural causes of sexual offences and importantly, the gender dimensions of these offences,” said Dr. Douglas. He pointed to the socially destabilising issue of family violence – its social, psychological and gender dimensions, which he said are all pressing issues, where the administration of justice is concerned. “And all, I was pleased to note, to be addressed over the next three days, as you strive to improve the region’s judicial response to these pressing issues. Until a flaw is acknowledged, it cannot be corrected. And so this conference’s open acknowledgement, as reflected in your agenda, that gender stereotypes do, indeed, influence the administration of justice, access to justice, and the rule of law and it reflects a laudable commitment to self-assessment – and self-correction. And this is, indeed, commendable,” said Prime Minister Douglas. He pointed out that in addition to serving as Prime Minister, he is also Federation’s Minister with responsibility for National Security. “In St. Kitts and Nevis, as is the case elsewhere in the Caribbean and, indeed, throughout the world, pockets of youth alienation and youth violence have been manifesting themselves in the form of gangs. And, quite troublingly, these gangs seem to have a single approach to resolving conflicts and settling scores. Even as we, in the Federation, continue to meet our own traditional responsibilities in the area of law enforcement, then, we are also keenly aware of the importance of intervening in the lives of misdirected youths before they become hardened criminals, indeed, even before they even commit their first serious offence,” said Dr. Douglas. He noted that 50 years ago, when he was a boy, or forty years ago when he was a teenager, a juvenile delinquent was, perhaps, someone who often ran away from school. “Or maybe that juvenile delinquent was someone who was often caught stealing mangoes from somebody’s tree. Not only is the term ‘juvenile delinquent’ hardly ever used any more, but even if it were, it would quite often refer to young people who, for one reason or another, manifest, in far more serious ways, their own alienation from society, and who, therefore, now present a far more complex challenge where the administration of justice is concerned,” said Dr. Douglas. Dr. Douglas noted that because of the changed reality that now faces magistrates everywhere, the solutions, the approaches, and even the custodial arrangements that may have been appropriate and effective forty years ago, may no longer be either appropriate or effective today. “What then, as this conference’s final session on Day Two asks, are the options open to Magistrates when dealing with youth in conflict with society – and with the law? This is a question which, increasingly, has to be asked by those concerned about the administration of justice all around the world and not just here in the Eastern Caribbean,” he told the magistrates. Dr. Douglas said it was important that as each country or region crafts their answer, they do so in the context of what, for their own country or region, would be effective based on the cultural realities of that country. “What would be viable based on the human and material resources available to that particular country. And what would be appropriate based on the dictates of domestic and international law – and the standards that the society in question has set for itself,” said Prime Minister Douglas, who hoped that their deliberations on these very important issues will yield insights and approaches that will help to advance the administration of justice in this region, for many, many more years to come. “The role of the magistrate is key to ongoing efforts to preserve and enhance humane, just, and democratic societies everywhere,” said Dr. Douglas. The three-day conference which ends today (Friday, April 27th) is hosted by the Judicial Education Institute of the Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court in collaboration with the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN Women) and the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and magistrates are attending from Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, Dominica, Grenada, Montserrat, St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Lucia and St. Vincent and the Grenadines. PM Douglas: The role of the magistrate is key....... (cont’d from page 1) info@sknunion.com


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The Labour Spokesman FRIDAY, APRIL 27TH 2012 12 NEWS Minister Carty meets with government officials, academicians and local students in Taiwan Efforts continue for a new Labour Code in St. Kitts and Nevis BASSETERRE, ST. KITTS (CUOPM) Work is continuing for the adoption of a new Labour Code for the Federation of St. Kitts and Nevis and a broad-based committee has been appointed to submit final proposals. Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Labour, the Hon. Sam Condor informed Cabinet on Monday that he had earlier sought the intervention of the Director of the Caribbean Office of the International Labour Organisation (ILO) in the identification and dispatching of a legal consultant with the appropriate skillset and experience to assist St. Kitts and Nevis in the review of its Labour Code. Minister Condor informed the Cabinet that he had charged the consultant, Mr. Clive Pegus, with the examination of the current Labour Code to identify gaps when viewed against international standards, a task he undertook by way of consultation over a three-week period with a number of local stakeholders. “The consultant was able to glean a number of important developments over the years which precipitated the need for significant reform of the Labour Code,” said Minister of Information, Sen. the Hon. Nigel Carty. He said the new Labour Code will result in a change in the business environment consequent upon the shift from preferential market arrangements to trade liberalisation and open competition, and the demise of the sugar industry. “The change in the strength of organised labour and the trade union movement, the rise of the services sector and its particular requirements, the changing nature of work with regard to tenure, to address casual workers and outsourcing, the freedom of movement of people within the Region, the changing role of labour administration and the importance of dialogue and tripartism, and the advent of international labour standards including modern provisions for the health and safety of workers,” said Minister Carty. He said the discussion of the consultant’s report was led by Labour Minister Condor who highlighted some of the subject matters of high priority for his Ministry. “These included the establishment of an independent tribunal for the settlement of labour disputes, the reform of the severance fund to improve its sustainability, transparency and efficiency of operation, hours of work and related entitlement, holiday pay: how it ought to be identified and calculated; uncertified sick leave, and termination of employment; among others,” the Information Minister disclosed. Mr. Carty said Cabinet approved the appointment of a broad-based committee consisting of representatives from the government and civil society to review the consultant’s recommendations and to put forward final proposals for enactment of a new Labour Code. Minister of Education, Sen. the Hon. Nigel Carty (fifth from left), Ambassador Her Excellency Ms. Jasmine Huggins and with some of the Kittitian and Nevisian students studying in Taiwan. BASSETERRE, ST. KITTS (CUOPM) – Talks aimed at sending St. Kitts and Nevis students to Taiwan for vocational and technical training have been explored by the Federation’s Minister of Education, Sen. the Hon. Nigel Carty. The Education Minister and his Permanent Secretary, Mrs. Ione Liburd-Willet and Taipei-based St. Kitts and Nevis Ambassador to the Republic of China (Taiwan) held discussions with His Excellency Dr. Wei-Ling Chiang Ph.D., Minister of Education in the Republic of China (Taiwan) during his visit to that country on Tuesday April 17,2012. During the meeting, Minister Carty discussed the possibility of corporation programmes with the Ministry of Education in Taiwan, particularly in the field of vocational and technical training. “We have identified a gap in our educational system as it relates to vocational and technical training and would wish to explore the possibility of developing partnerships with your country to assist us in developing that sector through scholarships or teacher training or through any other method that would be mutually beneficial,” Minister Carty mentioned. In response, Minister Chiang stated that his Ministry was ready to assist in whatever manner deemed appropriate by the both sides, including awarding more scholarships to students from St. Kitts and Nevis. Minister Carty also met with principal Hsu of the National Taichung Industrial High School and toured the institution which has become one of the premier industrial high schools in Taiwan. Additionally, while visiting the Central Training Center, Bureau of Employment and Vocational Training, Minister Carty exchanged ideas with the Director of the Center about possible training for citizens from the Federation. Minister Carty also held discussions with President Yao of National Taipei University of Technology who was enthusiastic about collaborating with the St. Kitts and Nevis Ministry of Education through the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Taiwan to bring students to his university for further education. President Yao also mentioned the possibility of teacher training at the University. During a visit to Taiwan’s Public Television Service, and Radio Taiwan International (RTI), Minister Carty, who is also Minister of Information, used the opportunity to speak about the TVET program and the early childhood program in the Federation. RTI will air an interview with Minister Carty later this month. Prior to his departure from Taipei, Minister Carty also met with students from the Federation of St. Kitts and Nevis studying in Taiwan. Photo # 1 (left to right) Meng-Liang Tsai, Director; Hon. Nigel Carty, Minister of Education and Information; Permanent Secretary, Mrs. Ionie LiburdWillett and Ambassador, Her Excellency, Ms. Jasmine Huggins at the Central Training Center in Taichung.


The Labour Spokesman FRIDAY, APRIL 27TH 2012 13 NEWS VIEW POINT BYV. E. INNISS Some of us Christians have no grasp of God’s grace. The root of the trouble seems to be mis-belief about the basic relationship between a person and God. This mis-belief is rooted in the heart, simply because, most often than not, it is mistaken for the truth. There are four crucial truths in this realm which the doctrine of grace presupposes. Once they are not acknowledged and felt in one’s heart, clear faith in God’s grace becomes impossible. Regrettably, the spirit of our age opposes them as best it can. The four truths are: The moral ill-desert of man Today men and women who are conscious of their tremendous scientific achievements have resort to a high opinion of themselves. Material wealth has taken the place of moral character. In the moral realm these people are resolutely kind to themselves, treating small virtues as compensating for the great vices and refusing to take seriously the idea that, morally speaking, there is nothing much wrong with them. Bad conscience in themselves and others are dismissed. This is a sign of disease and mental aberration rather than an index of moral reality. It is the acceptance of some modern men and women that despite their peccadilloes drinking, gambling, reckless driving, sexual laxity, black and white lies, sharp practice in trading, dirty reading and the like, they are at heart completely good citizens for God’s kingdom. They believe that God is a magnified image of them, and that He shares in their complacency. The retributive justice of God Today modern men and women turn a blind eye to all wrong doing as long as they safely can. They tolerate this behaviour in those they love, feeling that, there, “but for the accident of circumstances, go themselves.” Parents hesitate to correct their children; teachers cannot discipline their pupils. The public puts up with vandalism and antisocial behaviour of all sorts. Today, the accepted maxim is, “as long as evil can be ignored, it should be.” Punishment should only be meted out as a last resort and then, it ought to be exercised as far as is necessary to prevent the evil from having too grievous social consequences. For most, willingness to tolerate and indulge evil up to a limit is seen as a virtue, while living by fixed principles of right and wrong is censured by some as doubtful moral. In our pagan way, we feel doubly sure that God feels as we do. The idea that retribution might be the moral law of God’s world and an expression of His holy character seems to be quite fantastic. Those who uphold it find themselves accused of projecting onto God their own pathological impulses of rage and vindictiveness. It is the Bible, which insists though that, this world which God in His goodness has made is a moral one and retribution is as sure as breathing. The Bible makes it clear that God is not true to Himself unless he punishes sin (see Genesis Fulfilling Fulfilling Fulfilling Fulfilling Fulfilling the Law of Christ the Law of Christ the Law of Christ the Law of Christ the Law of Christ downfall. Many needful reproofs lose their efficacy by given in wrath. But when they are managed with tenderness and from sincere concern for the welfare of those to whom they are given, they are likely to make a strong impression. A very good reason why this should be done in meekness the Apostle says “considering thyself, lest thou also be tempted”. This will dispose us to do by others as we desire to be done by in such a case. That seems to be addressing the moral and ethical, holier than thou TITANICS everywhere. “Do not use a hatchet to remove a fly for your friend’s/ your neighbour’s forehead”. Have we lost that loving feeling and compassion we once had as a caring people? Any technician/ carpenter will tell us that the use of a screw driver to make adjustment where necessary is much better and more appropriate than the use of a hammer or hatchet. Chopping tools should be avoided. They are destructive.Bearing BurdenA burden is a load; something oppressive and worrisome. I the scripture it is used figuratively of cure: “Cast thy burden upon the Lord and He shall sustain thee.” Ps 55:22). The word so rendered in the Old Testament is derived from a root which means to “lift” or “carry”. It has the two senses of an actual burden and a prophetic utterance. In the former sense the word suggests the pressure of something hanging on a peg. (Num 11:11). In the New Testament it carries the idea of pressure and load of life. (Matt: 20:11) for an exacting or even legitimate charge upon others; for the imagined difficulties of following Christ (Matt 11:30) we are all familiar with our Lord’s sayings ... “My yolk is easy and burden light”. With that said, we are admonished in our study today to “Bear one another’s burden”. That places the challenge at our door step; to the neighbour next door. Sadly, we tend to see burdens in terms of problems to be solved rather than in terms of people to be loved. Bearing is not something we can do for a few minutes, a few days, a festive time of year and have it over with. Bearing suggests a commitment to long-term caring and that not without pain and sacrifice. Here is an eye opener. We often think we have failed unless we eliminate the burden. It is noteworthy that the Bible does not say “Remove one another’s burden”. It says bear them. Many people in our society are hurting and going through really tough times. The recession, lay-offs, redundancies, high cost of living, burdensome taxes and the like cannot be disputed. If were living in bygone years when communities were closely knit, when neighbours shared their bounty and blessings. The pain would be less severe. It seems that gone are the days. For heaven’s sake, let us bring them back. Burdens would be eased. No band aid.The Law of ChristNote the admonition of Paul to the Romans. “We then that are strong ought to bear the infirmities of the weak and not to please ourselves (Rom. 15:1). We have already seen the importance of bearing one another’s burdens. What does it mean to fulfil the law of Christ? This is to act agreeably to the law of His precepts, which is the law of love. It would also be agreeable to His pattern and example which have the force of a law to us. Though as Christians we are freed from the Law of Moses, yet we are under the Law of Christ and therefore, instead of laying unnecessary burdens upon others, it much more becomes us to fulfil the law of Christ by bearing one another’s burdens. I observed something else Paul mentioned as a cautionary note: “For if a man thinks himself to be something when he is nothing, he deceives himself” (Gal 6:3). That is chilling. The Apostle being aware how great a hindrance pride would be to the natural condescension which he had recommended earlier takes care to caution us against this. He supposes it as a very possible thing for a man to think himself as “Mr Big Stuff” – when in truth he is nothing. Bubbles burst. Such a one does but deceives himself while he imposes on others, by pretending to what he has not and puts the greatest cheat upon himself. He is neither freer from mistakes, nor will he be the more secure against temptations for the good opinion he has of his own sufficiency. What he/she does not know is that he is rather more liable to fall into them. Self-conceit is but self-deceit. There is not a more dangerous cheat in the world than self-deceit. Consider this. Lying to ourselves is more deeply ingrained than lying to others. Selfishness is the greatest curse of the human race. Let us try to fulfil the law of Christ. The Root of the Trouble 18:25). The spiritual impotence of man. In his work “How to Win Friends and Influence People,” Dale Carnegie, has almost given to the world a modern understanding of the Bible. The whole technique of business relations that have been built up in recent years on the principle of putting the other person in a position where he cannot decently say no, has given assertion to modern men and women in the faith. It has animated pagan religion ever since to believe that we can repair our own relationship with God by putting God in a position where He can no longer say no. The overall point is that they are not perfect. For them respectability is what will guarantee them God’s acceptance without repentance, in spite of whatever they have done. The Hymn Writer concurs with the Bible in his belief that man without God is helpless when he penned these words: Not the labours of my hand Can fulfill my Lord’s demands Could my zeal no respite know, Can my tears for ever flow, All for sin could not atone. He ends another verse in this way, Thou must save, and thou alone. The apostle Paul reminds all that no man or woman will be declared righteous in God’s sight by observing the Law (see Romans 3:20). Once one impairs his relationship with God, it is beyond him or her to mend that relationship to regain God’s favour. It is God’s doing that restores faith in grace. The sovereign freedom of God. Here is a timely and relevant admonition. “Bear ye one another’s burdens, and so fulfil the law of Christ.” (Galatians 6:2). The word “BURDEN” jumped out at me as I read the text. I must confess that this text requires some in-depth analysis to understand its true meaning. I shall attempt to do just that in this study today; so thanks for joining me. By way of background, the Apostle in the opening part of the chapter appears to be giving several practical directions with respect to our duty to one another. For example, he is admonishing us to deal tenderly with those who are overtaken in a fault. (V1 “If a man/woman be overtaken in a fault, brought shame, reproach and ridicule by the surprise of temptation, we should be compassionate. It is one thing to overtake a fault by contrivance and deliberation and, another thing to be overtaken by a fault. Great tenderness should be used. Elsewhere the same Apostle warned “Let him that thinketh he standeth firm take heed lest he fall.” The manner wherein this is to be done: “With the spirit of meekness” – not in wrath and passion, as those who triumph in another person’s Ancient paganism thinks that each of its gods is bound to his worshipers by bond of self interest, because he depends upon their service and gifts for his welfare. Modern paganism still holds at the back of its mind the view that, God is somehow obliged to love and help us, even though we do not deserve it. After all says one French freethinker, “That is His job.” The Psalmist reminds us that God does not depend on His children for His well-being, (see Psalm 50:8; Acts 17: 25). We can only claim from God’s Justice. God always allows justice to take its course. No one can force God’s hands. God’s action depends upon Him and Him alone. The root of the problem is fixed when one is in the right relationship with God and he or she begins to grasp the biblical view of grace. Humbly Submitted by Alson B H Percival (Rev Canon Dr) Chair Nevis Regional Council And Nevis Christian Council


The Labour Spokesman FRIDAY, APRIL 27TH 2012 14 NEWS Labour Department Celebrates World Day for Safety and Health Basseterre, St. Kitts (SKNIS): The Department of Labour is on the move to underscore the importance of promoting safety and good health in the workplace for 2012. This department is, in this period, partnering with the International Labour Organization (ILO) to undertake a number of activities leading up to “World Day for Safety & Health at Work” on April 27 (today). Ms. Shernel James, Senior Labour Officer at the Department of Labour said activities surrounding the 2012 theme “Promoting Safety and Health in a green economy,” are intended to promote green jobs in today’s economy, educate the public on risks at work, highlight safety and health in the workplace and promote the realities of decent work. “World Day for Safety and Health is basically to promote safety and health in the workplace” said Ms. James. “It is a day that the International Confederation of Unions chose some time ago to commemorate those who died in occupational accidents. This year’s theme Promoting safety and health in a green economy is basically highlighting how safety and health can be molded into green jobs, to sustain development, grow the economy and protect the environment.” Activities marking the week kicked off on Thursday April 19 with random labour inspections of businesses in key economic sectors within the labour market Hotel and Tourism, Retail and Wholesale, Banking & Insurance, Manufacturing and Construction. Ms. James also said the department intends to use the conduct of general inspection as an opportunity to promote green jobs in St. Kitts and Nevis. “Basically, we are going into workplaces to conduct health and safety inspections and we are using the opportunity to promote green jobs how employers can take existing jobs and make them greener” explained Ms. James. “For example, recycling, turning off lights when you are no longer using the room, preserving water, using alternate energy such as geothermal energy, wind energy and using green pesticides that can better sustain the environment, the land usage and not contaminate water.” Other activities will feature talks in schools on the importance of safety and health in the workplace, erecting of posters and distribution of pamphlets on the issue. The week will culminate with a national radio broadcast to commemorate World Day for Safety & Health at Work 2012 by the Hon Sam Condor, Minister of Labour. The search is on for the CIBC FirstCaribbean International Bank 2012 Unsung Hero Basseterre, 23rd April, 2012 – Members of the public in St Kitts and Nevis are invited to nominate persons in their communities that seek to make the lives of the disadvantaged and underprivileged better for the CIBC FirstCaribbean 2012 Unsung Heroes Award. At a media launching held at the Ocean Terrace Inn on 16th April 2012, CIBC FirstCaribbean International Bank Country Manager, G. Peter Edmunds, drew attention to the bank’s Unsung Heroes Programme which began in 2003. He stated that the programme had uncovered many worthwhile causes, not only in St. Kitts and Nevis, but throughout the region; and continued to showcase the work done by ordinary men and women, who go about their work without consideration of being rewarded. Mr. Edmunds stated that those persons are living examples of the best that we could be. Inviting the public to submit their choices for Unsung Hero in St. Kitts and Nevis, Mr Edmunds said that the community played a significant role in the programme, as Unsung Heroes are persons recommended by the members of the communities. He urged the public to participate in the programme, giving them the opportunity to be formally recognized for the work they were doing. Local Coordinator for the Programme, Mr Gerard Pereira, highlighted that these Unsung Heroes distinguished themselves through one outstanding trait – they made positive things happen for others. According to Mr. Pereira they were enablers and therefore stood out as shining examples in their communities. The search for the 2012 Unsung Hero will continue until the closing date for nominations, June 30, 2012. Members of the public can participate by completing an Unsung Heroes Nomination form which is available at all CIBC FirstCaribbean branches and on the bank’s website www.cibcfcib.com Speaker rules: “No apology needed” Tells Opposition Leader he must be responsible and transparent BASSETERRE, ST. KITTS, APRIL 26TH 2012 (CUOPM) – Speaker of the St. Kitts and Nevis National Assembly, the Hon. Curtis Martin ruled Thursday there was no need for Prime Minister the Rt. Hon. Dr. Denzil L. Douglas to apologise for comments made about the monies approved by the lawmaking body for an office for the Leader of the Opposition, the Hon. Mark Brantley and a monies being paid to a secretary for the holder of that office. Mr. Brantley had complained that based on radio reports attributed to the Rt. Hon. Prime Minister, he had written to the Speaker and the Rt. Hon. Prime Minister demanding an apology. Prime Minister Douglas said he had no reason to impute improper motives towards the Hon. Leader of the Opposition and there was no need for an apology as the questions raised were legitimate ones being asked by the public. Prime Minister Douglas repeated verbatim what he said at the March 29th sitting of the St. Kitts and Nevis National Assembly. “Mr. Speaker, every single year since he (Hon. Mark Brantley) has been the Leader of the Opposition, thousands of dollars are being passed in this Parliament for the Office of the Leader of the Opposition. The question that people must ask him, “Is there any office? And what happened to the money?” That’s what should be asked of him. Is there any office for the Leader of the Opposition where money has been voted for every single year in this Parliament and what happened to the money? Leader of the Opposition, Hon. Mark Brantley listens to Speaker of the National Assembly Hon. Curtis Martin Speaker of the National Assembly, Hon. Curtis Martin speaks to the Hon. Leader of the Opposition (Photos by Erasmus Williams) (cont’d on page 18)


The Labour Spokesman FRIDAY, APRIL 27TH 2012 15 NEWS BY EARL CLARKE Dear Reader: When I was a very young boy, there was a man called Andr. People claim that he was from St. Barths, French West Indies. Andr claimed that he was a prophet. People also claimed that he was a prophet because he would point his first and second fingers up in the air and proclaim that these days are perilous days. Andre has died many years ago, but his predictions still hold true. In 1967, we lived through perilous days when our freedom was threatened. The business places and the sugar estate owners, along with some black people who had long ago lost their identity wanted to re-enslave us in the 20th Century. They wanted to stifle the progress and impede the social programmes which Mr. Bradshaw and the Labour Movement had instituted for us. The new Education Act, giving access to the children of porters, cane cutters, fishermen, street cleaners, drain cleaners, domestic servants and any other ordinary folks, was too much a progress step for those folks who thought that Secondary Education should have been a privilege for the privileged few ad not a right to be enjoyed by the vast majority of ordinary folks. This piece of legislation galled them. They took their children away from the High Schools and sent them to Antigua, Barbados, England and Canada. They did not want heir children of high breeding to mix with the children of ordinary people. Mr. Bradshaw and the Labour Party Movement were out of place to bring about this fantastic Social Revolution in St. Kitts. They upset the apple cart. They have destroyed the status quo. Things would not be the same again forever. We, the privileged cannot stomach this change. Having stated all these historical facts, I am aghast when I hear the off springs of the ordinary folks who were of the poorest of the poor and who have benefitted tremendously from this great social revolution, trying to compare the history of PAM, with the historical struggles for the upliftment of black people in St. Kitts; A total disgrace to the persons who initiated that social revolution; Distorting the historical facts of our country and the struggles of our brave and heroic leaders and comrades. Those who perished in the 1935 Buckleys Riot in order to dawn in a better life for those of us who were coming up and those who were yet unborn Shame on such distorters of our history. Dear Reader, apart from the Education Act, Mr. Bradshaw and the other members of his government went on a world tour in order to place this 68 square milled island on the international map. The Democrat newspaper, the newspaper of disloyalty, negativity, treachery, mocked the efforts made by the Honourable Comrades and hoped and prayed that it will be a total failure. Their mockery, their hopes, their prayers, their wishes were totally destroyed, when on the return of the Comrades, they related the success of their trip and the investors who had shown a keen interest in getting to know St. Kitts. I can attest to the success of the tour, because, as a Taxi Driver, I was privileged to have driven some of the dignitaries who came to visit the island to see what it was like, it was quite a revocation to learn how our business people think about us, our leaders and the country. One would certainly be surprised to learn of the South African Apartheid mentality which existed in the minds of our business community in the 1960s. They wanted to keep the ordinary folks in our places. In the 1960s, a domestic servant went to her boss to discuss buying a fridge he was selling. He asked her what she wanted a fridge for. All she had to do was to get a board box, line it with some thin galvanize, buy a half block of ice every day and place her items in it. Imagine that, dear reader? Just 40 years ago and this thinking have not changed whatsoever. The colouring might have changed in the business landscape, but Massa spat into the mouths of this new colourful business community, thereby making them inheritors of his policies even though we are living in the 21st Century. Their main concern is, not to enhance the economy by creating growth in the country, but to wage war with any Labour Government which is catapulted into power by the majority of the electorate. That is their main objective, their main goal. So, dear reader when they discovered how successful Mr. Bradshaw’s trip was and the advancement the country would make if all those investors were to invest here, they financed the coup aided and abetted by PAM and some Anguillians to overthrow the 1966 lawfully elected Government of Mr. Bradshaw. They got their international right wing friends to slander Mr. Bradshaw’s reputation, calling him a cane cutter, a bicycle mechanic, a dictator, a tyrant, a Papa Doc from Haiti and all manner of brutal names. Then, on the 10th of June 1967, the perilous days which Andre predicted years ago, visited us. St. Kitts became stagnant. All investments were halted. When the attempted coup failed, all the Estate owners refused to plant sugar cane. They wanted us to starve and the government to be devoid of revenue to continue its social programmes. Does 2012 and 1967 sound familiar? Same scenario, some of the same actors The 1967 criminal minds still exist. In 1967, dear reader, a certain firm in down town Basseterre, ordered a set of 100 gallon water tanks, some of these water tanks were to be taken to the South Eat Peninsula where certain families owned land and property and where they would have access to good drinking water, while they ride out the confusion of the coup which they themselves had supported morally and financially. What was the reason for the 100 gallon water tanks and why were they transported to the South East Peninsula area? One of the actions of 1967 was to blow up the oil depot at Ponds Pasture, totally wiping out the total population of New Town, Basseterre proper right down to Sandy Point. We must all thank the Mr., who was assigned that task for becoming weak and faint hearted when he realized the carnage his actions would have caused. Those criminal minds do not care one iota about people, including their supporters. If the good gentleman did not panic, both Labour and PAM supporters would have been burnt up in the holocaust Sacrificed. Both PAM and Labour supporters. PAM forsook its members and friends. PAM betrayed its members and friends for political expediency. PAM does not care about people. No party which cares about people or its supporters could concoct such a dastardly plan. Only criminally warped minds could hatch such a plan. Only depraved men, lacking in the likeness and image of God the Master and the Creator could descend to the animal kingdom within them to dream up such a plan. Wipe out the whole or almost the whole population of a country just to achieve political power? But that is not the worst part you know. I have been rambling on about everything and almost forgot to tell you that plan (2) or plan (b) was for the criminals in PAM to poison the water at Old Road and La Guerite. The criminal gang, who were privy to this plan, ordered their water tanks well in advance. Again, I must point out to you that PAM bears no love for people and its supporters. When they poisoned the water services, were they going to tell their supporters who could not afford to buy a bucket, never mind a 100 gallon water tank not to drink the poisoned water? PAM supporters have Labour families and friends and the secret would have leaked out. So, the best and the surest pathway to take would have been to sacrifice both Labour and PAM people in order to achieve their murderous end. So, when you read on SKN Vibes that a prominent PAM supporter is saying that it is time for labour people to be given a dose of cyanide, which is a deadly poison and can be placed in drinking water, you recognize the criminal mind of the 1967’s. Do you, dear reader, whether you are a supporter of Labour or a supporter of PAM, do you, in your heart of heart, believe that if cyanide was to be placed in our water systems that only Labour supporters would drink? If you are a PAM supporter and you read this on SKN Vybes could you continue to support PAM? Do you have Labour families or Labour friends? Do you have a conscience? Do you agree with the uttering of your party big wigs, calling for the removal of Dr. Douglas and the Labour Party at all cost, including violence? Are we definitely reliving the days leading up to June 10, 1967? Where is the voice of the Church in all of these things? I could remember that, in 1967, not a sound was heard condemning the attempted coup. As a matter of fact, it is true to say that some church leaders rejoiced. Where are the voices of condemnation for these utterances coming from the Bar Association? Where are the voices coming from the Christian Council or The Evangelic Association? Are they burying their heads in the sand like the Proverbial Ostrich, pretending that they are not of this world? I have not heard any announcements or witnessed any signs that God has come for his world and, therefore the church has been transported to the heavenly kingdom. Where are the voices of our so-called decent and respectable people in the community? Are you, or will you be sure of your safety? I have pointed out two scenarios earlier, depicting PAM as owing no allegiance to anyone. When a mother centipede has young ones and some cigarette ashes are sprinkled on her, she turns around and devours all of her young ones. That is the nature of the beast called PAM. It does not care who stands in its party. It would wipe them out; PAM, Labour, CCM or NRP. Incarnate Lucifer – We are definitely living in perilous days. Beware of PAM and its 1967 Criminal Elements NAAP celebrates 60th observance of Administrative Professionals Week By Drizel HanleyThe National Association of Administrative Professionals (NAAP) – St Kitts Chapter is celebrating the 60th observance of Administrative Professionals Week. Administrative Professionals Week is being observed here from April 22nd to 28th under the theme “Embracing Diversity Critical to Organizational Success”. Minister with responsibility for Health, Cultural and Gender Affairs and Social and Community Development, the Hon. Marcella Liburd in declaring the week’s celebrations officially opened expressed sincere thanks to the National Association of Administrative Professionals (NAAP) the St. Kitts Chapter for their invaluable contribution to their respective organizations and the wider society. The Minister stressed that no two persons are alike; we each bring different skills and abilities, different temperament and styles, different ideas and perspectives to the task that is to be executed. “It is these differences and varieties when pooled together that account for successful operations, successful execution of the task at hand,” the Health Minister opined. “These diversities must be wisely molded, harnessed, utilized and managed in order to achieve positive and constructive outcomes in order to ensure, as the theme states, “organizational success”, she added. Activities for the week included an administrative professionals’ leadership training seminar on Tuesday 24th April at the St Kitts Marriott Resort and a Gala dinner held on Administrative Professionals Day, Wednesday 25th April at the Nirvana Restaurant (old Fairview Inn). The leadership training seminar was facilitated by experienced speakers who dealt with taking the leap from administration to management, individual performance and development planning. This week which is observed globally is usually used to recognise administrative staff and celebrate their achievements and contributions to their organisations.


The Labour Spokesman FRIDAY, APRIL 27TH 2012 16 NEWS Local law enforcement officers hone skills in combating illegal firearms trafficking BASSETERRE, ST. KITTS (CUOPM) – Two local law enforcement officers are among Caribbean colleagues attending a 10-day training course on combating illicit firearms trafficking. Police Officer Sgt. Macky Smith of the Royal St. Christopher and Nevis Police Force and Sgt. Marvin Payne of the St. Kitts-Nevis Defence Force are in Port-of-Spain, Trinidad attending the sessions orgainsed by the United Nations Office for Disarmament Affairs, through its Regional Centre for Peace, Disarmament and Development in Latin America and the Caribbean (UNLIREC). UNLIREC said the regional Inter-Institutional Training Course on Combating the Illicit Trafficking in Firearms, Ammunition and Explosives (IITC) will train more than 50 security sector and law enforcement officers from Antigua and Barbuda, the Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Dominica, Grenada, Guyana, Jamaica, St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Lucia, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, and Trinidad and Tobago. The participants, who are security sector officers of the Caribbean region will learn interactive firearms investigation techniques, technical aspects of weapons and ammunition identification, intelligence gathering and crime scene management, tracing and preparation of evidence in criminal proceedings, as well as practical disarmament measures such as weapons destruction and stockpile management. The course also covers cross–cutting issues related to the use of force, gender awareness and child protection. The sub-regional course will introduce new issues, such as maritime security, container search and identification of armed individuals. Since 2004, UNLIREC has trained over 3,000 law enforcement officers in Latin America and the Caribbean, strengthening the capacities of States in the region to address the problem of the proliferation of and trafficking in illicit firearms. This training course is part of UNLIREC’s Firearms Assistance Package to Caribbean States, which began in 2010, with the financial support of Canada and the United States. Nevis Environment Minister calls on Nevisians to treat world kindly; start in their communities NIA CHARLESTOWN — Environment Minister in the Nevis Island Administration (NIA) Hon. Carlisle Powell called on Nevisians to be mindful of how they treated the earth and they should start in their communities. His urging came as he delivered an advance televised address on April 20th on Nevis Television on channel 8 (NTV8), as Nevis joined the world in observance of Earth Day on April 22, 2012. He stated that the fight for a clean environment should take root in communities on the island, since climate change had become increasingly important in the world today. “Working together we can make a positive difference in preserving the natural resources we all enjoy and share with visitors to our shores… “Help write many more victories, many more successes into our history by keeping your streets and villages litter free. Let us use energy saving light bulbs and appliances. We must use water wisely and fix leaking taps and other equipment. Use fuel efficient vehicles and control our land based activities to prevent waste water run offs that can pollute our ground water and ocean. We should use the beaches smartly and leave the sand for future generations to enjoy,” Mr. Powell suggested. The Minister, who is also responsible for Nevis’ natural resources, noted that the NIA through its water services programme would continue to educate the public on those important matters and over time, would work with local, regional and international organisations and institutions to help bring about behavioural change in those areas. Looking to the future, Mr Powell said building a clean, healthy, green environment for generations to come meant protection of the island’s ground water and public water system, air pollution control, beach monitoring, pesticide control and solid waste management. He also made specific mention of the NIA’s thrust in the development of geothermal energy and noted though they had some distance to go the sitting Administration had advocated greater emphasis on renewable energy. “The government granted very generous concessions on solar water heaters. The Wind Farm at Maddens and our continuing thrust into geothermal energy have attracted the attention of the entire world as Renewable Energy enthusiasts have acknowledged that the government and people of Nevis are playing our part in protecting and preserving Man charged in a four-year old murder case, two cruise passengers arrested and fined for drug possession and Delta Squad seizes Glock in Nevis searchBASSETERRE, ST. KITTS (CUOPM) – Police make an arrest in a four-year old murder case, confiscated a firearm and conducted an operation in which over 100 vehicles and 94 persons were searched. Police say an overnight operation in the Frigate Bay and surrounding areas of Basseterre resulted in 94 persons and 106 vehicles being searched. 45 tickets were issued and four arrests made – two for possession of Cannabis and two for immigration purposes. Police also arrested a prisoner in custody. Craig Halliday of Fort Thomas Road was charged for the alleged murder of Leon Westerman alias “Gars” which was committed on January 28th 2008 in Charlestown, Nevis. Police also disclosed that two American citizens on board the visiting cruise ship “Carnival Victory” on Friday were arrested after the ship’s security and the local Customs Department carried out a search of a cabin in which a quantity of vegetable material suspected to be cannabis was found. Lena Lugar and Chad Brown both of Richmond, Virginia in the United States were held by police and taken before the Magistrate in Sandy Point where they both pleaded guilty. They were each fined EC$800.00) forthwith or 30 days in prison. The fines were paid and they were transported back to the ship. In Nevis, an operation by the Delta Squad led to the arrest of Daish James, after he was stopped and searched at Cotton Ground Road for illegal drugs, arms and ammunition. One Glock 22 pistol and nine (9) hallow .40 rounds were found in his back sack. the earth,” he said. Notwithstanding, Mr. Powell said no matter how small the efforts were he encouraged all to begin to do something to protect and preserve the earth since succeeding generations would depend on this generation. Nevis joined more than one billion people across the globe on Sunday to stand united for a sustainable future and to draw attention to the importance of environmental issues on Nevis and the rest of the world. Minister responsible for the Environment and Natural Resources on Nevis Hon. Carlisle Powell (file photo)


The Labour Spokesman FRIDAY, APRIL 27TH 2012 17 NEWS To pray or not to pray: Why attack the Church? By Llewellyn Parrisfasting (if they are able to) at home and abroad. I will join as one. “I believe God answers prayers. He may not always answer the way we wish but He does answer. He is not a respecter of persons so it matters not who calls for the prayer and fasting. It matters not the political affiliation or such schisms. “I believe it is enough that we seek His guidance in prayers and supplications and the islands will be better off for it. “We’ve become too heavy laden with debt and with divisiveness and the divisiveness is on all sides and the debt burden is borne by all. “Seeking forgiveness is biblical. Those who suggest otherwise have made themselves to be more knowledgeable than God. “Here in New York on Monday, I will stand in solidarity both in prayer and fasting for the good of our island. “I have no political party in prayer. There is God and one Nevis so I will join with my fellow Nevisians in entreating Him to heal our land in His way.” The day Monday April 16 was observed by a large section of Nevisians and residents, and Nevisians in the Diaspora as a day of prayer and fasting. The climax was the service officiated by Pastor Dalton Grenyion at the Charlestown Methodist Church. The fact that the day was observed as Premier Parry had requested of his people, it did not go very well with CCM sympathisers. On Tuesday (April 17) evening Senior Lawyer Theodore Hobson boasted on the Let’s Talk programme on Voice of Nevis (VON) Radio: “And I am not quite sure what happened at the prayer and fasting. I certainly had my breakfast, lunch and dinner.” But having said he was not sure what happened at the prayer and fasting session, he went ahead to shoot himself in the foot by admitting that he had gathered some information: “When I asked about how people turned up at the church they tell me very badly attended, so I do not know. Mr Stanley, I know you are a very religious person, did you go?” “Unfortunately I forgot,” replied the temporary programme host Mr Edric Stanley. “It was mentioned at our Church on Sunday (April 15) and honestly I would have been there if I had remembered. Monday I had a lot of things to do and by the time the afternoon came, I went back home a little tired and I completely forgot, but I would have been there.” He told his colleagues on the programme and listeners alike that he had heard that it was a national church service “to bring healing to our country. Only this morning on the news I heard that it was organised by the NRP, but in my view, I would have gone anyway. Barring NRP, I would have gone simply because it was a spiritual gathering. “I am a church person and wherever church service is, and I have the time, I will attend. I can always compute my own way of disassociating or associating in whatever way or justifying my presence or my absence. But as I said, if I did not get tired, I would have been there to pray to the Lord and hope our nation would be spared from hurricanes and all the other ravages and also protect our people, and to make our community a better place for of us to live.” The programme’s humorist must have been Mr Elton Marcus Hull, who when asked if he attended, blurted out: “I can say Stanley, I pray every day. I do not need Mr Parry or anybody else to tell me to pray. What I am praying for Stanley?” That is a severe case of ‘Doctor, heal thyself’ syndrome. However, the sad part of it was when Mr Theodore Hobson took it up himself to hurl unsubstantiated accusations at members of the Nevisian clergy by stating that many of them were paid advisors of government and were being used to cover up for government by holding the service. “Many of the pastors are of course either advisors or are people connected with the government and collecting vast sums of money in remuneration and so forth,” said Mr Hobson. “They are interested in trying to cover it over with a church service.” According to Mr Hobson, who is a former chairman of the Concerned Citizens Movement when it was the party in government, the church is becoming less and less important or relevant because of the activities of the members of the clergy. The CCM has failed Nevisians after it would have been given the chance to mend broken fences but stubbornly turned it down. They have refused to learn from Jesus Christ who demonstrated that he had no time for tribal politics of His day by asking for a drink of water from a Samaritan woman when Jews were not supposed to mix with the Samaritans. Nevisian in New York donates to Alexandra Hospital and Flamboyant Nursing Home NIA CHARLESTOWN NEVIS — A Nevisian who resides in the United States continue to donate items to the Alexandra Hospital and the Flamboyant Nursing Home on Nevis. On April 19, 2012 Mrs. Marilyn Walters-Drew of Rawlins Village, personally presented a gift including bed linen, toiletries and pantry related items to Nurse Adrienne Ward for those health facilities on Nevis and explained the reason behind the gesture. “I visited my mother at the Alexandra Hospital in 2012 and recognised the need for some white sheets. I spoke to Matron Dias and told her of my wish to help and that I would like to donate some white sheets. She told me the size and on my return to New York, I purchased them. “While on Nevis I also spoke to Miss. Myris Morton at the Flamboyant home and she gave me an idea of the sort of things I could As a dutiful leader guided by Christian principles, Premier of Nevis the Hon Joseph Parry declared Monday April 16 as a day of prayer and fasting for the nation’s challenges, beseeching Nevisians to “drop everything and fold your hands to pray.” The service, which was to be held at the Charlestown Methodist Church, was billed as a non-denominational, apolitical, Christian prayer meeting that was to be hosted by a committee chaired by Mrs Patricia Hanley. Two members of the said committee had broached to Premier Parry the idea of observing a day of prayer. The Good Book, in 2 Chronicles 7:14, guides humanity on how to maintain the best relationship with its Maker: “If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and will heal their land.” The Good Book says all have sinned and fallen short of God’s glory. No one is without sin. The invitation was sent to all Nevisians and residents. However, immediately the invitations were received, a section of Nevisians disregarded what was a calling by the Maker and recoiled into political cocoons where only those opposite them sin. The CCM, through Press Secretary Mervin Hanley, quickly issued a press statement which even left their members flabbergasted. “As a Party founded on Christian principles which has always had as its core belief a sense of decency and morality, the CCM and its supporters continue to seek justice and the preservation of law and order. As a Party, we recognise that we always need to invoke God’s divine intervention,” stated Mr Hanley in part. That is precisely what the Premier was asking Nevisians to do. But because the call was first made by the Nevis Island Administration, which is led by the Nevis Reformation Party, Mr Hanley said that CCM would not take part in the day of prayer. God is the Author of all democratic principles known to man, and He never forces anyone to worship Him. Reading between the lines, even the blind can decipher the message. The CCM, citing what they termed as injustice, saw Parry’s call to prayer as being the proverbial olive branch. But they refused to accept it because the colour of an olive branch is green. Fresh olive branches have never been known to have any other colour but green. Not all Nevisians listened to the CCM. Immediately the information hit the internet, a Nevisian of goodwill, Manhattan-based lawyer, Mr Carl Nisbett appealed to all Nevisians to heed to Premier Parry’s request. The following was his appeal, which was posted on the SKN list on Saturday April 14: “I certainly hope all Nevisians and Kittitians join in the prayer and purchase for the home. About a week ago, I was able to post those things home,” she said. In response, Nurse Ward registered gratitude on behalf of the patients at the Hospital and the residents of the Home and thanked Mrs Walters Drew for her kind gesture. She said the items came at a good time and would be used in the interest of both patients and residents. The gift was handed over on the Hospital compound in the presence of Hospital Administrator Ms. Grace Elliott. Nevisian Mrs. Marilyn Walters-Drew (r) hands over gift to Nurse Adrienne Ward for patients of the Alexandra Hospital and residents of the Flamboyant Nursing Home on Nevis. Hospital Administrator Ms. Grace Elliott (extreme left) looks on Gift items for the Alexandra Hospital and the Flamboyant Nursing Home from Nevisian Mrs. Marilyn Walters-Drew a resident of New York City


The Labour Spokesman FRIDAY, APRIL 27TH 2012 18 SPORTS Development Bank renews Newton Ground Ballers’ sponsorship BASSETERRE ST. KITTS — As the St. Kitts Amateur Basketball Association (SKABA) 2012 league enters its second round, top contenders in the junior league Development Bank Newton Ground Ballers have received a major boost following the renewal of their sponsorship. Ms Enist Parris, Development Bank Newton Ground Ballers’ coach, in thanking the Development Bank of St. Kitts and Nevis for renewing the sponsorship, has indicated that the boys are energised and with eight wins and only one loss so far, she feels that the team will clinch the under-20 league title in the 2012 SKABA championships. “We sat out last year and did not participate in the SKABA league because I was ill,” said Enist Parris, a former basketball player who was grounded by injury, but kept the game alive by forming the Newton Ground team. “This year we have come back stronger and so far we have played nine games and won eight. The championship is in sight now.” Ms Parris made the remarks on Thursday April 19 when she received a sponsorship cheque from Ms Danienne Brin, Executive Assistant to the bank’s General Manager Mr Lenworth Harris. She pointed out that since their only loss was to Molineux Strivers who have themselves lost three matches, they are better placed to lift the championship. “The boys have the ability to take the junior championship,” said Ms Parris. “The one loss was a wakeup call for them and now they are a much focused team and hence the reason I am sure they will take the trophy this year. I am very grateful to the Development Bank and I wish the guys would win the championship this year so as to compliment the sponsor.” Ms Parris, who was accompanied by the assistant coach Mr Norvin Rawlins, and players Glencav Garnett, Cedrin Williams and Dishon Heyliger, said that the team is also involved in community outreach programmes. The new sponsorship will go a long way in boosting the outreach programmes. “With this new sponsorship, we are getting polo shirts, a cooler, balls and shoes for a number of the players,” stated Ms Parris. “We need the polo shirts because the team goes out to events like the church and different functions in the community including funerals. We need the shirts so we can look like a united group with a purpose.” While making the presentation, Ms Brin observed that the Development Bank was happy to partner with the country’s youths in their efforts to make their communities better places to live. According to Ms Brin, the management of the bank was encouraged because members of the team are active even away from the court as they engage in community projects. “The Development Bank’s mandate is to empower communities in a holistic manner,” said the bank’s Executive Assistant. “These young persons have shown promise both on the court and outside the court. It is our hope that they will clinch the title this year. That will help boost their morale as they go back to serve the Newton Ground community.” Ms Danienne Brin, Development Bank’s Executive Assistant (second left) presents the bank’s sponsorship cheque to Ms Enist Parris. Others in the picture are, from left Dishon Heyliger, assistant coach Norvin Rawlins, Cedrin Williams, and Glencav Garnett. Where is the money going? Oh. There is also Mr. Speaker, an office to be paid for, a secretary to be paid for, where is the secretary? And I can tell you the money goes out of the Treasury every single month. “There is no secretary. There’s no office. But every single month money goes out of the Treasury for that office. But where is the secretary? And then they talk about corruption and talk about cutting back on people’s salary? Eh? He is responsible for the secretary. Where is the secretary working? Where is the money that is being collected from the Treasury for the Secretary?” Dr. Douglas repeated. He told the House on Thursday: “That’s what I said and today I stand with those questions being asked. I think an opportune time has been provided for the Hon. Leader of the Opposition to answer the questions that I posed.” The Speaker told Mr. Brantley that he himself translated the remarks of the Prime Minister from the official records of the House on March 29 and they are identical to his response. “As far as I see it, taking word for word, you have listened to it and I have not in my view see the point where you said that he is actually saying that monies are paid to you. He has put it in the form of questions, which I think should be answered because in the same light that the public demands from a government, an administration to be transparent and to be responsible and professional, it is the same way it is in my view, the view of the Chair, that the Opposition and the Office of Leader of Opposition must also be responsible and transparent.” “I am speaking of the principle. Monies are in fact voted for and approved for the Office of the Leader of the Opposition, which under my understanding is represented jointly by the People’s Action Movement and the Concern Citizens Movement based on the outcome of the last election with two seats each. I would assume that it was a negotiated arrangement with a Senator from the People’s Action Movement. The principle in general is that if there is provided monies for a national office for the Leader of the Opposition that should have been taken care of,” said Speaker Martin. He told the Leader of the Opposition that the fact that that monies are being paid for a secretary, who does not occupy an official office, creates some doubt. “For example, the question is where is that secretary working? It is a relevant question and to avoid issues and avoid problems, you must deal with the principle. The very same way the public is asking the government to be transparent likewise the public can ask the opposition to provide proof as to what work the secretary is doing and what is happening in the realm of the Office of the Opposition,” said the Hon. Speaker. Speaker rules: (cont’d from page 14)educate itself on agriculture, its benefits as well as forward suggestions to the department on how products can be improved. “I would encourage persons to come out because it’s an opportunity where the Agriculture Department can interact with the public and the public can explain to us what they think is not being done properly and to suggest to us what things we can to make improvements. “We would really appreciate hearing the public’s point of view,” he added. Ian Chapman, Chairman of the two day activity, gave the vote of thanks, expressing gratitude to local farmers and everyone who made the event possible. The importance of healthy eating, food security and “buying local” was reinforced by entertainers such as “SP Finest” who encouraged persons to make decisions which would promote the agricultural sector. The Agriculture Open Day attracted a number of dignitaries with different interests in the field of agriculture including: Deputy Prime Minister, the Hon. Sam Condor, Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Education, Mrs. Ionie-Liburd Willet and other of members of the Consular Corps. The open day also saw feature performances by local artistes Footsy and the Lights Out Band, along with Plant Nursery Sales and Horseback riding. Viewed as the one of the largest agricultural event of the year, the Agriculture Open Day attracts thousands of students and residents on both St Kitts and Nevis. This Open Day and Exhibition is held each year to highlight ongoing development in agriculture and to introduce new approaches to the general public. It ends today, Friday 27th with music and a fashion Show. Department of Agricultural host Open Day......... (cont’d from page 19) Amended Premier Division FixtureThe SKNFA wishes to advise that the times and venues for the Premier Division matches scheduled for this weekend have been amended, and will now be played at the Warner Park Stadium as follows: Saturday 28th April 6:00 p.m Mantab vs. Conaree 8:00 p.m S.L Horsford St. Pauls vs. St. Thomas/Trinity Strikers Sunday 29th April 5:00 p.m Delphic Newtown United vs. Cayon 7:00 p.m Rams Village Superstars vs. Harris Paints St. Peters 2012 SKNFA FA CUP – Quarter-Finals The live draw for the quarterfinals match up was done on ZIZ’s Action Sports and the matches will be played as follows:determined by the toss of a coin.Tuesday 1st 6:00 p.m Rams Village Superstars vs. Newton Ground 8:00 p.m St. Thomas/Trinity Strikers vs. Cayon Wednesday 2nd 6:00 p.m Harris Paints St. Peters vs. Delphic Newtown United 8:00 p.m UDC Garden Hotspurs vs. S.L Horsford St. Pauls The following rules will apply to this round of matches. QUARTER-FINALS -Each match shall have a winner and only the winner shall advance -Each match shall be 70 minutes regulation time, i.e., 35 min per half with a 10 minute interval. -In the event of a tie at the end of regulation, the best of five penalty kicks will apply. -If at the end of the best of five penalty kicks there is still a tie, sudden death penalty kicks shall be taken by those players who have not taken penalty kicks before until a winner is determined. -If there is still a tie at the end of sudden penalty kicks, the winner shall be


The Labour Spokesman FRIDAY, APRIL 27TH 2012 19 COMMENTARY By: Vigilante NEWS Highway self-named by the former Prime Minister of the twinisland Federation in the early 1990’s. Prime Minister the Rt. Hon. Dr. Denzil L. Douglas said Wednesday at his monthly press conference that in an effort to further reduce the national debt, he held talks last weekend while in Washington, D.C., with U.S. Treasury officials pertaining to the existing debt that St. Kitts and Nevis has incurred with the United States. The entire South East Peninsular Road – the Dr. Kennedy Simmonds Highway was built with loan funds from the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and the amount outstanding is about US$2 million. “I engaged U.S. Treasury officials to set the tone of the discussions that will take place in Paris next month when St. Kitts and Nevis appears before the Paris Club to negotiate with them a reduction in the debt that we have with members of the Paris Club,” said Prime Minister Douglas in response to a question on whether there were further initiatives to reduce the national debt which was lowered by one-third following the recent debt restructuring programme. Dr. Douglas met with the Treasury official on the sidelines of the IMF/World Bank Spring Meetings in Washington, D.C. He said the United States Government and the United Kingdom Government were the only two members of the Paris Club that St. Kitts and Nevis are indebted to. Dr. Douglas intimated that the discussions tried to feel out whether or not there can be complete debt forgiveness of the US$2 million, secondly, whether the existing debt can be restructured within the framework of the recent debt restructuring programme and thirdly whether the life of the loan can be extended with reduced monthly payments. The delegation from the Ministry of Finance and the debt advisors which he will head in his capacity as Minister of Finance, will sit before the panel of the Paris Club members to negotiate with the United States and United Kingdom Governments. “We will know next month what is the final chapter in our debt restructuring exercise that was started last year,” said Prime Minister Douglas. The highway has been prone to rock fall on the road at Timothy Hill and a temporary bypass road is been used to facilitate vehicular traffic. The condition of the highway was the major talking point at recent meeting of the St. Kitts and Nevis Cabinet. The Hon. Dr. Earl Asim Martin, Minister of Public Works, Utilities, Local Transport and Housing, accompanied by the Director of Public Works, Mr. Calvin Pemberton, two engineers from the Public Works Department, and representatives and engineers from an engineering firm, ADeB Consulting, presented a comprehensive report of his ministry’s plan to improve the public roads in parts of Basseterre, Frigate Bay and the South-East Peninsula. “Resurfacing of the road from the Bay Road in the vicinity of Port Zante, along Sandown, along the Frigate Road and to the third round-about at Frigate Bay, resurfacing of the road from the third round-about at Frigate Bay, along the South-East Peninsula (Dr. Kennedy Simmonds Highway) to the Sea Bridge at Majors Bay, and to Cockleshell Beach, the construction of a major roundabout at the intersection of the Kim Collins Highway, the Frigate Bay Road and the Bird Rock Road and the construction of a 150 metre drive-through tunnel at Timothy Hill to address the issue of the falling of rocks from the hillside on that part of the road particularly as a result of erosion due to heavy rainfall over time,” said Minister Carty. Mr. Carty further disclosed that engineers agreed that there was significant deterioration on these segments of the road network, and that given the increasing traffic on them over the years, it was critical from an economic as well as safety standpoint to make major improvements to the identified road segments. “It was revealed that there is need for only surface work along specific points of the road but that work would have to be done to the sub-stratum in other areas given the damage done to it due to the seepage of rain water over the years,” said the Minister of Information.(cont’d from page 1) In his desperation and determination to hold on to power at all and any cost, de embattled and hopeless PAM leader has launched his own weekly radio programme on the PAM/FM station – defying the mounting number of calls from dissident PAM supporters to step down. Dey say he say it’s his money paying for de programme. Is grudge dey grudge him, and they too damn ungrateful. They could talk til they drop dead, he not stepping down as Party Leader for no crook or traitor. And, he say there is nothing they can do to stop him from leading the PAM team into the next General Elections. But wid all de big talk he got, the April deadline announced at the PAM Convention has long passed and he cannot find a full slate of candidates as yet. Everybody chasing him away. And, de word out of Sandy Point is that his deputy there is threatening to back out as a candidate next time around. De word is that he is seeking to get back his US papers and he say that PAM is in the reverse gear; he has no future with Lindsay Grant as the leader. Dey say de handpicked host of the so-called weekly radio programme say she get a lot of knock bout from Little Bo Peep and she party, but she was promised the Speaker job after being brushed aside for the Senator post. The poor host is so frustrated and confused after all that knock bout, that she called the failed PAM leader by the wrong name (Fitzgeral) when she was introducing him on the radio programme last week. The PAM meeting in St. Peter’s on Sunday night was another big failure for Sleeping Hammy, Little Bo Peep and the PAM team. Less than 3 dozen people turned up to de busing match. Dey say even Donley is disappointed and annoyed with Sleeping Hammy for the great disservice he has done to him in the Democrat and on the platform Sunday night – throwing him under the bus. Dey say he say if Sleeping Hammy really cared about him, he would have waited until the sentence hearing and place him at the mercy of the court, using the Church Minister and other reputable persons in the country to beg for him. Some directors of the PAM/FM station are saying that the Voices host is doing far better job than the General Manger. They complain that he’s too professional for the job they want the station to do (getting rid of Douglas and Labour). People in Nevis are saying the tape with the former Nevis Premier giving the assurance that the CCM was not going to appeal against the judgement of Justice Jones was doctored. And, they are wondering if the tape recording referred to by the Sheriff in de House yesterday was doctored as well. People want to know how de big PAM Rescue Crew fellow could spend so much time preaching about morality, respect for women and integrity in public life, when he has none whatsoever in his home and family life. Dey say he needs to be reminded that charity begins at home. Dey say he up and dung complaining his other half to people, but she say he’s an ungrateful man; he forget all wha she done do for him, especially when he had to run out of de country. De busted Rescue Crew chief blue vex wid de loudmouthed Sheriff for making a thorough fool of himself in the House yesterday; with all de big talk about getting an apology from de P.M., he was the one who had to back down and withdraw his statements. The truth is he fraid Douglas bad and he only could talk behind Douglas back; face to face he’s no match – he’s a coward.By Drizel Hanleynation to feed ourselves in a sustainable and healthful manner. Director of Agriculture, Thomas Jackson, pointed out that Agriculture is an integral part of our existence, noting that the Open Day provides a golden opportunity for the public to better Department of Agricultural host Open Day to promote local crops Under the theme, “the Transformation of the Agriculture Sector: Farm to Fork Approach”, the Department of Agriculture opened its grounds yesterday, Thursday, April, 26 to showcase and sell various vegetables, fruits, fish, animals and horticultural and agro-processed products produced by our local farmers. Speaking at the Opening Ceremony held at La Guerite, Minister with responsibility for Agriculture, the Dr. Hon. Timothy Harris congratulated the Department of Agriculture on its pledge of greater service to the farmers and all stakeholders and partners. The Senior Minister further said that the two-day event is utilized to display a sample of the fruits, vegetables, and agro processed products that are produced here as we strive as a (cont’d on page 18)


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